FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A blizzardhit Fairbanks, Alaska on Friday, but the blizzard was inside the Carlson Centernot outside. A sell-out crowd of 4,300 plus in white was on hand for the firstgame of the best-of-three series between the Nanooks and ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsscored a goal in the first period and added two more in the second period forthe 3-0 lead after two periods of play to make a clearing in the blizzard. NMUheld on for the win by a score of 3-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt is a long series and we are notgoing to get too high,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI would not tell you that we lookedfresh.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took the 1-0 lead in the series andare now 19-14-4 on the season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAF drops to 16-18-1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The two teams will playagain on Saturday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With a win on Saturday the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will be on their wayto Detroit, Mich. for the CCHA Super Six, a loss and the two teams will playthe third and deciding game on Sunday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI was proud of our guysÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™effort.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We have to get better tomorrow and potentially on Sunday,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.
Patrick Murphy gave the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early 1-0 lead at 13:01 of the opening period and took the crowd out of the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was not the nicest ofall goals, but we would take it,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Murphy said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt was a playoff goal and wewere just fortunate to get it.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bobby Selden and Matt Hunter assisted on thegoal.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU struck twice in the second period to take a step closer to Detroit.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jamie Milam made the score 2-0 with a goal at 12:50.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dirk Southern was givencredit with the helper.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ David Bonk made it 3-0 with his third goal of theseason at 15:34.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Murphy and Hunter both picked up their second point on thenight with the assist.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Nanooks got on the board with a goal at 4:05 of the third period for the final margin.
Tuomas Tarkki playing in the place of Craig Kowalski had 39saves on the night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThis is my first playoff game,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tarkki said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œIt isalways nice to get a win in a playoff game. Especially when you come to Fairbanksthe crowd is amazing.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Preston McKay for UAF had 23 saves for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheNanooks had the upper stick in the shots category with 40 to 26 for NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Neither team scored on the power play on Friday as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were 0-2 and theNanooks were 0-5.